Tesla: The Rules
The following is a developing set of rules to which you must submit if you’re to legitimately call yourself a Tesla supporter. If you do not submit to at least the following minimum conditions, you can certainly still call yourself anything you like.
Rule 1: The rest of the undersigned will disagree.
This is a serious matter, as you already know if you’ve seen this:
I actually *hate* having to do this. Despite what my previous readers may think.
I don’t expressly enjoy the process of ‘telling people what to do.’ Sure, I’m glib with suggestions and analysis — but I DO NOT LIKE telling people what to do. Most especially not being attacked for presuming to spend my time and effort writing about things many or most of us sincerely believe in. Even more especially not spending still more of my time defending my points without people who understand raising a keyboard finger to assert THEMSELVES in the defense of said points.
That is, in defense of legitimate points. If you cannot stand up in a situation of injustice, you stand by default on the side of the oppressor. If you cannot stand up when someone is unfairly being criticized, then you’re a coward. Period.
And so this may be the last time for me.
Say what you like, but I’m quite willing to go the way of Dan Neil if the above situation is representative of how it’s going to be. Those of you who were a part of that Twitter exchange and couldn’t screw up the courage or the time to stand up for Mr. Neil ought to be ashamed of yourselves. I for one am not willing to support that $hit in ANY community I identify with, so down comes the gauntlet.
Are you with this community or not? More to the point, are you capable of showing that you actually have some life in you? That there is more to your existence than you, yourself, and you? Are you willing to stand up or speak up when something unjust happens or not?
- Don’t give me some kind of crap about how you’re a morally upstanding person but, alas! ‘you don’t have time’ to engage when that kind of stuff gets going.
- Don’t tell me that you’re ‘too busy’ when last I checked the only policeman of you is YOU and none of us need excuses from people who have reasons. If you have a reason for not being attentive when the situation calls for it, then you have a reason. In that case keep your mouth shut. Enough with the narcissism already! If you didn’t have time to engage when the time called for it then you sure as hell don’t have time to explain why you didn’t have time to engage after the fact. In other words, if it’s clear to you that I’m not talking to you then keep your effing mouth shut for once. Don’t distract attention from a legitimate concern others have because mommy didn’t give you enough attention when you were little and you need some attention RIGHT NOW. Not this time. Go play someplace else.
In short, don’t pretend you’re a cook until the kitchen gets a little warm.
This is an open post. I have zero chance of getting paid for the time I’m spending on this. You can read this through, and if you can’t then please DO NOT comment [yes, I’m sure plenty of people will take that bait, too.] I’ll certainly take your non-position under advisement as I usually do. All I ask is a one line response. Either
It’s not like it legally commits you to anything. For once let’s see some courage. For once let the talk not be cheap.
You DO understand the following, right?
All reporters who dare to speak the truth about Tesla have reason to be apprehensive about telling the truth now.
Let that sink in.
What these money-grubbing no life losers are saying is that if you say something in support of Tesla, we’re going to engage in coordinated attacks against you.
Well guess what, Mark Spiegel? Guess what, Montana “Skeptic”? Guess what, Jim Chanos?
You took it too far, and if it’s at all up to this writer,
Now you’re going to pay for it.
I’m sure that’s probably okay with you (considering that you’ve hardly got anything left to lose) but here’s your notice that we can and will engage in coordinated responses.
That is essentially what this post is designed to accomplish. To begin the process of developing a system by which situations like this one can be appropriately addressed.
Here are a few components I believe we need:
- a volunteer-based monthly e-newsletter summarizing the positive and negative press Tesla has experienced over the previous calendar month. This will be curated from the submissions of members.
- a registry of people who formally or informally agree to a code of behavior — which this post is designed to elicit suggestions for
- a group of administrators who together suggest response assignments from the member community. i.e. when Business Insider posts some more short-fed bull$hit, a cross section of community members are informally assigned to spending a few minutes engaging in the comments. This point is intended to alleviate the “there’s too many clowns, I can’t bop them all” feeling that I’m sure many or most of us have been feeling considering the circus of press Tesla/Elon gets.
I believe this will help to address what has clearly been a concern of Elon’s — which I think was the reason he proposed the ‘news filtration’ system he did a few months’ back.
In short, this post is essentially designed as a means to coordinate/direct resistance to this kind of continued coordinated media harassment. Consider it a loose affiliation. It won’t cost you more than a couple minutes, and at the end you can quite literally become a card-carrying member of the
Tesla Fairness in Electric Vehicle media Equivalent Response club. (Yes, Elon, I know what you said about acronyms.)
Because, as Teddy Roosevelt said, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.”
…and there’s hardly a better way to respond to a word fight than with a club.
Rule 2: If you are a Tesla supporter, you are obliged as a member of a relatively small group to speak/write/read or otherwise show your support for a minimum of 15 minutes per week.
Thanks for the read.
Please reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help.